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My 2018 Bookish Goals

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Top Ten Tuesday is now hosted by That Artsy Reader Girl! Most of us are familiar with Top Ten Tuesday by now, but if your new to this,ย a topic is given every Tuesday and the blogger then produces a top ten list of books to fit the weekly subject. The topic this week is ‘Top Ten Bookish Goals for 2018. Like a lot of people, I like to set myself goals for the new year. I don’t like the word resolutions, as I feel like it’s more something I need to stick to, rather than something I can work towards. I have come up with a list of goals for myself, and figured out action steps on how I might go about accomplishing them by the end of the year…

Read 50 Books

My Goodreads Challenge for the year! This is just under a book a week, which I feel is an achievable goal for me. Some books will take longer, but some will be quicker reads. Hopefully I will find that balance (and not hit massive reading slumps like last year)!

Make at least an hour for reading each day

Action Steps

  • Read at breakfast time
  • Be early and read whilst waiting
  • Read before bed

If I stick to these three, any extra time during the day is a bonus!

Tackle at least 2 fantasy series

Action Steps

  • Finish the ACOTAR series (currently ongoing)
  • Try a new fantasy author (Leigh Bardugo or Maggie Stiefvater)

Read Les Miserable by Victor Hugo

Action Steps

  • Purchase a copy of Les Miserable (this would help!)
  • Read at least 10 pages a day

I don’t want to push myself through it, and I will be reading it alongside other books, as I can see it taking a while to get through! I’ve heard it’s very description heavy, so I want to really focus on what’s going on. I chose Les Mis over something like War and Peace because I am already familiar with the story, and if I do get lost, I still roughly know what’s going on!

Read some non fiction

Action Steps

  • Pick up a memoir
  • Track reading from my research project

I realised I do a lot more reading than I think I do, because I have all the books I read for uni. I don’t tend to count these, because I don’t read the entire book, but there are a few shorter books that I might be getting into that I can keep track of and add to my Goodreads goal!

Read the Mara Dyer series

Action Steps

  • When stuck for something to read, pick up the first in the series

I’ve had Mara Dyer on my shelf for ages, and so many people say how amazing it is, 2018 is the year I finally get round to reading it!

Accept reading slumps

I know I said in the first point that I was hoping for less reading slumps, I know I’m tempting fate by saying I can get through the entire year avoiding them!

Action Steps

  • Put the books down, watch some Netflix/catch up on all those great movies you’ve never seen
  • Don’t force reading. Wait until you’re struggling to function without them. Then you know it’s time!

Blog at least once a week

I really need to keep up with blogging this year, as I feel like it will be an important factor when applying for jobs later in the year…

Action Steps

  • Complete Top Ten Tuesday every week
  • Have fun with some tags
  • Don’t stick too closely to a schedule, just post when you can

I love planning and schedules, but I never know when I’m gonna have loads of work to do, so it’s best if I just post when I can (besides TTT of course!) so I don’t push myself too hard into posting.

Apply for jobs in publishing

So as some of you might know, I’m graduating this year! It’s crazy, my time at university has gone so quickly, but it’s got to the point where I really have to start thinking about my future! I’ve always wanted to work for Penguin, and having my tutors fully backing my career aspirations gives my the boost I need to really go for it!

Action Steps

  • Research into every area of publishing I’m interested in
  • Apply for every job and paid internship I can
  • Try and get some work experience?
  • Spend time and put effort into every single application, make them unique and stand out

I have a lot of other personal goals I want to achieve this year, and I have already started working really hard to make them happen! Do we share any of the same goals? Feel free to link your lists in the comments so I can check them out!

Until next time…

Jade ๐Ÿ™‚

By bookmuffin

I like books and tea. MA Children's Literature student.

20 replies on “My 2018 Bookish Goals”

Great set of goals! I love the action steps, they look like a really good way to keep you on track.

Congratulations for your graduation year and best of luck with your job hunt! I’ve been working in publishing since 2014, though I’ve been going down the independent route so far rather than any of the big guys like Penguin, but if you ever want to ask any questions about the industry feel free to get in touch, I’m happy to help if I can. =)

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Love how you included action steps, that’s always crucial and not everyone thinks of that. It was such an awesome idea. ๐Ÿ™‚

Good luck on getting an internship and congrats on graduating this year. โค

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These are such great goals! And I like that you have action steps too. ONe of the best things I did last year was to just… stop reading when I didn’t feel like reading. It made everything more enjoyable when I wasn’t forcing myself through a book just because. I’m hoping to read more historical fiction this year and a few of the non-fiction books I’ve acquired over the years ๐Ÿ™‚ PS Highly recommend Six of Crows and The Raven Cycle! The Lumatere Chronicles and The Falconer trilogy are also great fantasy series.

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These are all such great goals! I have the same Goodreads goal for the year and I’m already behind, haha. I was lucky enough to start off the new year with a slump… Yay. ๐Ÿ˜›

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